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Via Ferrata Selvaggio Verde

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The via ferrata (EEA) Selvaggio Verde is an 11 km route with a difference in height of 417 m that connects In la Piana to Ponte Velina along the Rio Val Grande gorge. It is made up of two separate sections: In la Piana (junction of the path P40)-Orfalecchio and junction of the path P50b-Ponte Velina. These two sections are connected by an equipped path for experienced hikers. Long stretches are unprotected and force hikers to walk on a narrow track, that is always exposed.
Downstream from Orfalecchio, there is an escape route through which you can reach Ruspresso via the paths P50b (Val Foiera-Corte Buè section) and P07b (Corte Buè-Croce di Ompio-Ruspesso section), in about 5 h walking time.
The path between Ponte Casletto and Ponte Velina cannot be accessed by the Law no. 10/2020 of the Municipality of San Bernardino Verbano n° 10/2020
Access to and use of the via ferrata are allowed only in accordance with the Regulation that can be consulted here.

Due to its difficulty, the itinerary is to be walked by paying the utmost caution and, if possible, accompanied by an Alpine Guide. The following equipment is also required:

  • mountaineering helmet,
  • climbing harness,
  • self-protection kit with energy absorber,
  • mountain shoes.

Minors not accompanied by adults are not allowed to access.

Technical Data

  • Difficulty: EEA–D
  • Access altitude to Alpe In La Piana: 895 m
  • Access altitude to Ponte Velina: 478 m
  • Development: 11 km
  • Difference in height: 417 m
  • Average walking time: 2.5 km/h
  • Prevailing exposure: east
  • Trail type: gorge trail
  • Walking time to Alpe In la Piana from Valle Loana 4 h 00 min
  • Walking time to Ponte Velina from Ruspesso 1 h 45 min
  • Return time from Alpe In La Piana to Valle Loana 4 h 15 min
  • Return time from Ponte Velina to Ruspesso 2 h 05 min
  • Recommended period: May-September
Bridge in l'Arca
Bridge in l'Arca
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale della Val Grande)
Bridge in l'Arca
Bridge in l'Arca
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale della Val Grande)
Bridge to In la Piana
Bridge to In la Piana
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale della Val Grande)
Equipped stretch
Equipped stretch
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale della Val Grande)
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